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Presidential Poll:: Mongolia votes for new leader amid COVID-19 campaign restrictions

Mongolia goes to the polls on Wednesday to elect its sixth democratically elected president, with the ruling Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) on the verge of consolidating its power after a low-key campaign from COVID-19 restrictions.

Elections began today across Mongolia, with more than 2.1 million people eligible to exercise their franchise. According to the General Election Commission, polling began at 7 am (local time) at 2,087 polling stations across the country and will end at 10:00 pm.

Three candidates, namely Ukhna Khuralsukh, chairman of the ruling Mongolian People’s Party; Sodnomzundui Erdine, former chairman of the opposition Democratic Party; And Dangasuran Enkhbat, a former legislator who is a candidate for the political coalition, the Right Persons Electoral Coalition, is running for the presidency, reports Xinhua news agency.

The presidential election comes amid pandemic scare, and in recent days, the country has reported more than 1,000 Covid cases per day, mostly in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, which is home to more than half of the country’s population of 3.3 million. .

More than 25,600 Mongolian voters who are unable to come to polling stations in person, including 7,000 who are living in mandatory isolation at home or hospitals because of the pandemic, cast their vote through special mobile ballot boxes on Tuesday. Voted.

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